GLENDALE, Ariz. — On Saturday, when South Carolina and Gonzaga face each other in each program’s first Final Four appearance, they will owe a deep and lasting level of gratitude to men behind the scenes who made it possible.

For Gonzaga fans, a good portion of love and respect should be extended to the program’s hidden hand: Mike Roth, Gonzaga’s athletic director, who for 20 deliberate years has built a basketball powerhouse through patience, ingenuity and — most important — loyalty.

For South Carolina fans, send some special thoughts and deeply felt thank yous to another, albeit different, hidden hand: That of John Currie.


Read more at CBS Sports



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